'Homeland' - 'The Good Soldier': Hello, Larry

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I'm a victim of your fabulousness... 

"What happened to you?" -Lauder

Remember what I said last week about how I'd rather not spend all my time obsessing on whether Brody has or hasn't turned, if there's a mole in the CIA, etc., etc., etc.? Well, an episode like "The Good Soldier" - where so much of the narrative is wrapped around a series of polygraph tests designed to uncover a mole - makes that kind of tough, no? 

So let's get that out of the way. First of all, polygraphy is a far from exact science, and there are many ways to beat the machine - even if the machine is operated by character actor and celebrity Twitter wit James Urbaniak. Even if Brody had passed the test without Carrie throwing in the adultery question, I wouldn't have automatically assumed this cleared him. I know faith in the machine allows for a kind of narrative shorthand in TV shows like this, but still. At the same time, it's hard not to notice that Saul not only fails the test the first time when asked about slipping Hamid the razor, but has a throwaway line later to Carrie about how he always fails those tests the first time. It could be that Saul is just naturally excitable - as almost any Mandy Patinkin character would be - and this is all a red herring, or it could be that Saul is working for Nazir, with or without Brody.  Read More...



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